Below you find a timeline with the most significant milestones in AMO’s history, beginning with the founding of AMO GmbH in 1993 by Prof. Dr. H. Kurz and reaching to this day.


Founding of AMO GmbH


Groundbreaking Ceremony


Installation of the ANIMA wind turbine

Launch of solar energy program


Opening of AMICA, the Advanced Microelectronic Center Aachen


Opening of the Alfried Krupp Forum in the AMICA dome

BMBF Competence Center for functional lateral Nanostructures

Mission KET klein

Final definition of AMO Mission

Start of the first Silicon Nanoelectronics joint projects


First results in Nanoelectronics

Start of silicon photonic activities

Organizing the international Nanoimprint-NNT conference in Vienna

The world’s first transistor with epitaxial Gd2O3


Start of Silicon Nanophotonic project “Circles of Light”

Schematic of a graphene field

The world’s first Graphene transistor with top gate

Start of GRAND, the EU’s first joint graphene project


Start of MISTRAL, a pathfinder silicon photonics project


Founding of AMOTRONICS, an AMO spin-off


Launch of the EU flagship initiative

Start of four parallel silicon photonic projects with extended range of applications.


EU’s flagship GRAPHENE begins


Foundation of Protemics GmbH, an AMO spin-off


Prof. Dr. Heinrich Kurz, founder and Managing Director of AMO GmbH, surprisingly passes away on the 12th of March at the age of 72.

As of February 1st, Prof. Dr.-Ing. Max Christian Lemme becomes AMO’s new Managing Director and succeeds his Ph.D. adviser Prof. Dr. Heinrich Kurz in this position.

New results on Graphene Nanoribbons are presented in the paper “Field-Effect Transistors Based on Networks of Highly Aligned, Chemically Synthesized N = 7 Armchair Graphene Nanoribbons”, a collaboration between AMO, RWTH Aachen University, University of Cologne and UC Berkeley.

NIL Industrial Day – the leading Conference for Nanoimprint Lithography and its Applications – is hosted by AMO

AMO congratulates Daniel Neumaier for his appointment as Full Professors at the University of Wuppertal, where he now holds the Chair of Smart Sensor Systems.

The cluster “NeuroSys” succeeds in the first “Clusters4Future” ideas competition and will receive €45 million funding from the Federal Ministry of Education and Research to contribute to the technological independence of Germany and Europe in the field of artificial intelligence.

AMO warmly congratulates Anna Lena Giesecke for her double appointment as Professor for Semiconductor Technology at the University of Duisburg-Essen and as group leader at the Fraunhofer Institute for Microelectronic Circuits and Systems (Fraunhofer IMS).